Friday, 29 May 2015

MCM London Comic Con, 22-24/05/2015 Recap

On the 22-24th of May 2015, Geek Mash writers Brad, Kayleigh, Neil and Ross took a trip to London's Excel Centre to check out MCM's London Comic Con. 

Being veterans of the show, we knew we would enjoy it but this time was different, this time we got to go as press Baby, YEAH!!!

Join us plus MCM Virgin Casey as we chat geeky about the convention, favourite moments, our swag and our favourite Cosplay! 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Why Transformers The Movie is THE Best Film of All Time!

    It just is...

    Oh you want me to make the argument for it?

    Here we go then...

    So as a kid I used to watch this film constantly with one of the other Geek Mash team - Danto

    It came to a point where one day I think we watched it three times in a row, because not only was it a great Transformers film, it was also something that surpassed the original tv series set before and after in every single way possible

    The old episodes are kind of a joke to watch them now, but to this day I STILL rate Transformers The Movie (1986) as my favourite movie of all time

    Why you might ask?

    The First 8 Minutes

    It starts off with a race of peaceful bots, just living the life. The kids are happy and playful, the adults are doing some research in a lab

    Then we see the complete destruction and annihilation of a world, with this huge ringed planet just up and eating it, this was genocide on a whole new level and in some movie based on a frickin toyline!

    The way this is shown is just immense, from the way it's lit and the destruction from the bots perspective on the planet is heartbreaking when we've only seen them on screen for about 30 seconds!

    And eating the planet just so he can turn on his ring lights, this is some serious shit right here

    And then we get THE best rendition of the Transformers theme EVER!

    Saturday, 23 May 2015

    World Turtle Day - Brad's Top 12 Fictional Turtles

    It's World Turtle day!

    I <3 Turtles

    I think growing up with the TMNT cartoon has greatly influenced my affection for them

    So with that in mind I'm gonna post about my top 12 favourite Turtles in fiction

    Why 12? 

    I couldn't leave any of these out!

    According to Wikipedia, Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (or Chelonii) characterised by a special bony orcartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield 
    The meaning of the word turtle differs from region to region. In North America, all chelonians are commonly called turtles, including terrapins and tortoises. In Great Britain, the word turtle is used for sea-dwelling species, but not for tortoises.

    In this case I'm gonna go with the North American version just so I can include all kinds of the cute little armoured fellas :D

    Got all that? 

    Now on with the list!

    12. Gamera

    What's he from -  

    • The Gamera films
    Why him?

    He was originally created to rival the success of Godzilla, but people just saw him as the poor mans version of it

    Not me though, after Power Rangers this was my first real experience seeing any kind of Kaiju monsters, I got the DVD for free on the front of Play magazine in the UK, a videogame magazine that also had features on Japanese films and Mangas

    He raised in popularity in the US due to his movies being played on Mystery Science Theatre 3000, featuring skits from the cast played over the movie

    I've had a special place in my heart for him ever since

    Thursday, 21 May 2015

    My Top 15 Zelda Tunes


    Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, from the gameplay, characters, music and everything in between. 

    Last month, myself and some friends attended The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert in London, where the London Phillaharmonic Symphony Orchestra played through some of the series most popular tracks. 

    Zelda music envokes nostalgia for fans, especially for those who grew up playing the series, like I did. Songs create familiar memories, such as those themes created for each main character, as well as songs that play in certain sections of each game that take us back to all of those adventures. 

    Join me as I count down my favourite Zelda tracks of all time, from 15 to 1. How many of these do you agree with?

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015

    Shovel Knight

    Shovel Knight is very clearly an homage to the platformers of the past.
    The 8-bit visuals, wonderful music and old school gameplay reflect this clearly.
    I wouldn’t consider myself as being into “retro-esque” games with hardcore gameplay but I was delightfully surprised in the time I spent with the game.

    While Shovel Knight comes with a retro aesthetic there is more to it than a simple retro or old school experience. While the gameplay may seem simple at first it quickly has layers added to it - mostly in the form of the fantastic level design.

    While you are running a level, enemies you kill and objects you break drop treasure which you can use to upgrade the stats of the character as well as buy and upgrade magical objects.
    There is also a rather interesting potions system. There are the regular potions that enemies drop that replenish your magic power. However, you can obtain chalices that you can have filled with one of three different special potions. These are called “Ichors”.
    One draws treasure towards you, one gives you invincibility for 10 seconds and the last refills your HP and MP to their maximum values. This is very useful - especially for the more challenging boss fights.

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015

    UnEarth One Shot - An Interview With John-Paul Bove

    They dug too deep.

    They couldn’t be told.

    A group of archaeologists searching for signs of a lost civilization deep in a long extinct volcano discover that the answers may just lead to their undoing. 

    Some things buried were buried for a reason. Some things once unearthed cannot be undone...

    A tense and terrifying one-shot from writer and colourist John-Paul Bove (Teenage Mutant Turtles, Transformers, Judge Dredd) and artist
    Conor Boyle (Cross), featuring a cover painted by Ben Oliver (Marvel and DC comics).

    It starts off in Sicily in 1895 and from there we delve into the deep, dug caverns of a Volcano where we join the archaeologist's and that's where stuff starts going batshit cray-cray

    It's an awesome story, one that reminded me of the old Tales From The Crypt comics but much darker in tone

    The art is sublime too, it starts off all bright in the first page, then gets incredibly darker and richer with the thick blood by the end, and those creature designs are spectacular, not one is the same. I want these to be made into figures like the old Todd Mcfarlane/Clive Barker twisted souls collaboration

    This is a superb one-shot that made me really dig JB's stuff, I will definitely look out for his name on comics, especially Transformers and Turtles as I'm a big fan of those!

    The comic launches this weekend at MCM Expo in London or you can buy it online HERE

    So me and John-Paul had a little Q&A about the comic, how he's feeling days before the launch and what his favourite comic story is...

    Sunday, 17 May 2015

    Artificer's Almanac Episode 4: Trigun

    Once more into the breach good friends.

    Another Episode, and this time focusing on the firearms again. However as in the last episode we went west, this time we look east. Well to eastern media.

    Yep you've guessed it, we are going into the wonderful and weird world of anime, where the term 'over the top' doesn't exist and the mood can go from Kawaii, to Blooshed and atrocity in a nano second.
    I love Anime. I am not the biggest fan but there are a few which I hold dear to my heart in particular, One specific Anime: 


    If you are not familiar with this (quite frankly epic) anime, here is a quick synopsis.
    Trigun revolves around a man known as "Vash the Stampede" and two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who follow him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance. Most of the damage attributed to Vash is actually caused by bounty hunters in pursuit of the sixty billion double dollars bounty on Vash's head for the destruction of the city of July. However, he cannot remember the incident due to retrograde amnesia, being able to recall only fragments of the destroyed city and memories of his childhood past. Throughout his travels, Vash tries to save lives using non-lethal force. He is occasionally joined by a priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who, like Vash, is a superb gunfighter with a mysterious past. As the series progresses, more about Vash's past and the history of human civilization on the planet Gunsmoke is revealed.
    So following the same layout as the previous episode, we are going to focus on the main weapons wielded by the characters. I will also provide special mention to any weird and wonderful bits of kit.


    Vash the Stampede

    AGL Arms Factory .45 Long Colt (EF Auto Ejecting, Double Action).
    This is the gun of Trigun, the fans know and love this firearm, and it belongs to the main character Vash the Stampede. According to its description it is chambered for .45 Long Colt which limits it to rifle or revolver territory, as indicated by the picture it is a full size revolver.
    It is chambered in the 6’oclock position and has a break action operation. The design of this gun appears to be based on a hybrid of a Mateba Autorevolver and a Schofield Model 3 with a touch of future dust mixed in.


    Monday, 11 May 2015

    Artificer's Almanac Episode 3: Firefly

    Firefly. It’s a cult classic.

    In all honesty, I could finish the post here, publish it and feel no shame as it is the truth.
    What does Firefly have in abundance; apart from great actors, great plotlines, huge numbers of fans? SHINIES! Lots of them.

    So yes this Artificer’s Almanac will be focusing on the Firearms found in Firefly. When I was planning this post I was tempted to do it as mini-series focusing on each character, however in Firefly there is a wide variety of regular firearms as well as fantasy ones, so this post is going to be a tad different.

    The Layout
    We are going to focus on each crew member of the Serenity and then look at the weapons that they have utilised in this short but sweet series.
    I will provide some info on each firearm, regardless of whether it is a fantasy firearm or not.
    It’s going to be a long post, so let’s get comfy and be like a leaf on the breeze.

    Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds
    Mal’s (Nathan Fillion) first pistol is his go-to sidearm, the Moses Brothers Self-Defence
    Engine Frontier Model B…yes that’s its name. By all appearances it looks like the love child between a semi-automatic handgun and the classic revolvers found in the wild-west.
    In all honesty, it is not too far off, the base of the revolver is actually a Taurus 85 (usually chambered in .38 Special) with a lot of stylings based on the Volcanic Pistols that were becoming popular at that time as well. I am unaware of what calibre the Moses is chambered in, assuming it is chambered in a regular calibre.
    The pistol was used in all the episodes of Firefly and Serenity, the pistol also made a Cameo in Castle, where Nathan Fillion dressed as a Space Cowboy.

    Mal is seen with a Colt Government Model 380 on a table while he is cleaning the Moses, Inara picks it up and makes a quip about it. More information on the Colt Government Model 380 will be provided later.
    Mal during his war time flash backs is seen carrying a Heckler & Koch UMP .45, this is one of the few .45 Sub Machine Guns out there, along with the Thompson Machine Gun and the Kriss Vektor. Also in my opinion Mal delivers a line that makes me roar.
    "They really don't like it when you shoot at them! I worked that out myself."

    In "Serenity" (S1E01), the FAMAS-223 is seen in the hands of Malcom during the battle of Serenity valley. He then drops it and picks up a G36K to capture an AA gun. Zoƫ in a scene also carried a FAMAS but it changed to a G36K when she started shooting. The rifle is the Civilian version of the FAMAS, imported briefly into the U.S. as the Semiautomatic FAMAS-223. It is virtually identical to the military FAMAS except for the lack of a full auto switch position and the barrel is not ridged (to take rifle grenades). The smooth outer barrel was an ATF requirement to be imported into the country. Soon after, the ATF declared all foreign "bullpup" rifles to be unsporting and banned their import. This was done years prior to the 1989 import ban.

    Mal is seen in Episode 5 carrying a Nickel Plated Winchester 1300 12 Bore shotgun. This shotgun, made by Winchester was designed as a cheap utilitarian model for the masses, it came chambered in 20, 28 and 12 bore.

    Saturday, 9 May 2015

    Badly rated films with awesome Soundtracks

    So I'm the kind of person that associates more with something if I appreciate the music

    For instance as a comic fan you would think I would prefer The Avengers film due to the many geeky moments and references in the film, but I much prefer Guardians of the Galaxy due to a great use of the 80s soundtrack

    There are many films that a lot of critics say are really bad, but if it's got a great soundtrack I'll appreciate it all the more

    So I count any film below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes as badly rated, although that's just their opinion. I have a different opinion on these films


    Rotten Tomato Rating

    1 out of 5 (19%)

    The Film

    Based on the Todd MacFarlane comic of the same name, Spawn is about a guy that does a deal with Malebolgia, one of the devils of the levels of Hell, to be brought back to life. 

    Being a deal with the Devil this of course goes a bit wrong and is brought back as one of his HellSpawn, to lead his monsters when the war between Heaven and Hell breaks out

    All Al Simons wants to do though is see his wife again.

    The film was alright, the CGI has aged quite a bit and is quite cheesy but it sticks quite closely to the source material with only a few changes which is nice, it was at that time though in the late 90s when Batman & Robin had just come out and was the decline of the superhero genre, but only for a while :D

    The Soundtrack

    The soundtrack is such a great concept. They brought together popular rock bands at the time including MetallicaKornSlayerMarilyn MansonSilverchair and Powerman 5000 with well-known DJs and electronic producers such as The Crystal MethodRoni SizeThe ProdigyStabbing WestwardFilterIncubus and Orbital

    It's this that gives it such a unique sound, and is a soundtrack I listen to quite regularly to this day

    Best Songs

    Thursday, 7 May 2015

    Danganronpa - A Love Letter to an Under-rated Series

    Danganronpa is a videogame series that you probably haven’t heard of. 

    But why is that?....

    Ah yes because it’s a Vita game series. The poor Vita. It’s a great console, built well, good features and some little gems on it. But I could never recommend it to anyone because Sony doesn’t really give a damn about the console. The game line up is pretty much Japanese imports, Indie titles you can play on the PS3 and/or 4, and a tiny amount of exclusive Indies. 

    But it’s the first of those 3 options where the Vita manages to shine. I’d argue the Vita is the best console since the original PS1 for Japanese games, and the shining jewel is…oh…its Danganronpa!
    I still love you Vita ;-;

    Sunday, 3 May 2015

    Supernatural Day: Ghostbusters and things that go Bump in the night?

    It’s time for Supernatural!

    But before fangirls and fanboys start screaming everywhere I am not referring to the TV show.

    I am talking about phenomena and events that we do not quite understand.
    So what is it? Most definitions will include the following:

    ‘(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.’

    When looking at the definition, it is rather vague, for example let me tell you a story.
    In the early 1400’s in China, it was common for people to run into the streets and let loose fireworks and bang pots together in a desperate attempt to scare the dragon that was eating the sun.
    Then it was a dragon eating the sun, today it is called an eclipse, however during that time period the Chinese were not too educated in the ways of galactic body movements.

    But what about today? Normally this word is associated with phenomena and beliefs including the afterlife, lost souls, paranormal beings including Vampires, Lycans and other associated cryptids from cryptozoology, Magic, Deity’s Angels and Demons.

    So let’s have a look at the most common entities that people have claimed to encounter and see what we make of them.

    Friday, 1 May 2015

    Batman Day

    In Detective Comics May 1939 issue a legend was born. Arguably the best superhero ever, The Batman. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy industrialist by day and crime fighter by night. When Bruce was only a child his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne were killed in front of his eyes. After witnessing this tragedy Bruce decided he should train his body and mind to become an expert in martial arts, and a brilliant detective. After Batman's debut the public fell in love with this darker hero.

    Batman is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time, he has been portrayed in a wide variety of media from comics to TV and movies and even radio plays. Below I am going to list five of my choices for best animated Batman films from the DC Animated Original Movies

    1. Superman / Batman Public Enemies

    Lex Luther has been voted President of United States during a severe economic depression, During his term the economy begins to thrive. Although most people trust Lex in his term as President Superman and Batman have their doubts. Knowing this Luthor pins a murder on Superman and Batman and declare them Public Enemies *roll titles* number 1 and 2.

    Guest Post - What The Hell Am I Doing ?

    It's Ven!

    The game I have been currently playing for the past 3 years is Eve online

    It is a game like no other, its a sandbox MMO, where the game designers laid some rules and game mechanics, and players do the rest, they make the story's, the wars, the economy, the alliances and coalitions, the ever changing universe.

    I guess calling it complex is saying very little about it, every action you have has a consequence. You can be shot at, scammed, robbed, tricked and some other nasty things I daren't mention.

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